New York – The Portland Trail Blazers held off the New York Knicks to conquer their first road win in three attempts by defeating the Eastern Conference's second-best record team 105-100 at Madison Square Garden.
The Trail Blazers (16-14) were up by as many as 19 points before the Knicks (21-10) made a couple of runs to pull within three with 57 seconds remaining in the fourth. Damian Lillard quickly countered with a dagger step-back three that put his team up six with 35 seconds left.
Nicolas Batum scored 13 of his team-high 26 points in the third quarter to go along with four rebounds and six assist. LaMarcus Aldridge played a complete game putting up 19 points and 14 rebounds. JJ Hickson converted around the basket all evening almost getting his second straight double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds.
Lillard made his first MSG debut and he gave the New Yorkers a taste of what he's about going for 21 points, five rebounds, and six assist.
Carmelo Anthony (hyper-extended knee) was a game-time decision before tonight's game and it sure didn't look that way from his performance. He had a game-high 45 points and scored 13 of the Knicks' first 16 points. J.R. Smith helped Anthony off the bench with 28 points of his own.
Amar'e Stoudemire made his season debut tonight after having offseason knee surgery and came away with six points on 3-for-8 from the floor.
After missing the last four games, Wesley Matthews (hip) returned to the starting lineup. He had six points and three rebounds in 28 minutes.
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